On average, a student paid € 126,- too much per month.

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The costs of renting a room are limited by law: ‘maximum allowed rent’

69% of the students in Utrecht pay too much. There is a big chance you are part of them. Do you want to know whether you pay to much? Check the points on this site and you’ll know straightaway!

10 golden rules

  1. Check the rent by the rental committee, there’s a huge chance you will pay less.
  2. If you pay an inclusive price, have the rental committee split the rent, which will also pay off.
  3. You are not obliged to sign a new contract on your landlords’ request, only if it is a reasonable offer. A higher fee or service charges are never reasonable!
  4. In a contract for a limited time, the landlord needs to give a notice to leave one month before the contract expires. If the landlords fails to do this, the contract will automatically be changed to a indefinite contract.
  5. The notice of leave to the landlord is three months for an indefinite contract, plus one month for every year you live there, up to half a year.
  6. If your landlord decides to sell the house, you are not obliged to leave. The only thing that changes is your landlord.
  7. If your landlord cancels the rent, you won’t need to leave until he convinces the court that he is allowed to do so.
  8. No contract? You still have rental rights! Just have proof of paying rent ready.
  9. Don’t become main tenant without a water tight contract, you don’t want to be responsible for the rent of your roommates.
  10. If you pay monthly, you have at least a month of notice to leave regardless of what is told in the contract.

Don’t forget to check some important facts and examples regarding your contract, extra costs and possible subsidy!

“Knowing exactly where you stand”

Kirstin, 1st year psychology student

I had no clue that there were any rules regarding how much rent can be asked for. When a friend told me about normalehuur.nl, I looked straightaway and I was shocked about how much higher my rent was than it was supposed to be! I wanted to do something about this immediately and contacted the VIDIUS legal service who adviced me regarding legal actions I could take.

“Knowing exactly where you stand”

“Taking action right away. I really like that”

Justin, 2nd year of Industrial Design

After I had done the point check on normalehuur.nl I found out that I paid 80 euros too much rent every month! I forwarded my email to the Huurteam Utrecht and was very happy with the good help I received. They came to do a free poll and then helped me take the right steps to raise my case with the Huurcommissie.

“Taking action right away. I really like that”

“No worries anymore thanks to NormaleHuur”

Anne-Fleur, 3rd year mechanical engineering student

After checking my rent on normalehuur.nl, it appeared I was paying too much. I was too anxious to deal with this because you never know how your landlord will respond. Thanks to the great guidance of Huurteam Utrecht, I could professionally address my problems to my landlord!

“No worries anymore thanks to NormaleHuur”